The Edwin is a three-storey building in Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated by WoodGreen Community Services to provide community housing. It incorporates the former New Edwin Hotel, built in 1905 to serve as a hotel for railway passengers coming from a now closed railway station at the foot of the Don Valley. It is located at the intersection of Queen Street East and Carroll Street, east of the Don River, in the Riverside subdistrict of South Riverdale.
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The once dignified hotel for several decades was a seedy home for rent with daily and weekly rates. A portion of the lower floor was a nightclub.
On April 1, 2008, it was purchased by WoodGreen Community Services for housing, and in March 2010 their non-profit housing program "First Steps To Home" opened. As a housing-first model, this housing was designed specifically to provide accommodation for street-involved and homeless men aged 55+. It has 28 self-contained units that provide "transitional housing" to fill the gap between a homeless shelter and permanent social housing. Residents also receive support through a life-transition program to economic self-sufficiency by gaining new skills, training, and jobs through partnerships with other social service agencies and a number of major corporations.
- Laurie Monsebraaten (14 October 2010). "South Riverdale welcomes new housing for homeless men: Bucking the NIMBY trend, a Riverdale realtor says "yes-in-my-back-yard" to a new social housing project for homeless men in Toronto's east end". The Toronto Star.
- "Service Detail". Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- Lavoie, Joanna. "Homeless seniors have a place to call home WoodGreen Community Services revamps New Edwin Hotel". insidetoronto.com. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- Warmington, Joe. "The city's homeless will soon be moving on up with the help of the New Edwin Hotel. It's about time" Toronto Sun. Tue, May 13, 2008
- WoodGreen Community Services
- Homeless seniors have a place to call home
- First Step to Home Success